Today's News

  • Leonard’s blast lifts Grayson

    MAX MEADOWS –– Grayson County has built a reputation for being patient and disciplined at the plate, rarely going after a first pitch during an at-bat.

    Dustin Leonard made a well-timed exception. 

    With two outs and the key Mountain Empire District game tied 3-3, Leonard belted the first offering he saw in the top of the eighth inning over the leftfield fence for a two-run home run, powering the Blue Devils over Fort Chiswell 5-3 Friday at Pioneer Field.

  • Readers' Hotline 4/18/11

    A reminder to callers — calls about political candidates running for office are not accepted in the Hotline. Feel free to submit signed letters to the editor addressing issues involving candidates.

    A Poem for Mower Babe

  • Conservation easements can benefit taxpayers

    David G. Yolton is a land trust board member.

    In the New River Valley, we face a huge challenge:  How do we preserve the bounty of nature and our rich natural resources, the envy of many on this planet?
    The New River Land Trust is a non-profit organization committed to conserving farmland, forests, open spaces, and historic places in Virginia’s New River region, including the counties of Bland, Carroll, Giles, Floyd, Grayson, Montgomery, Pulaski, Wythe, and the cities of Galax and Radford.

  • Virtual school can continue in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — The General Assembly-triggered funding crisis for the Virginia Virtual Academy has passed for now, an official with the K12 company told the Carroll School Board on April 12.
    Gov. Bob McDonnell took action to save the online school that provided educational opportunities to around 400 students across the state, an effort facilitated by K12 and the Carroll school division, recapped Suzanne Sloane of K12 in an update to the school board.

  • No tax hikes in budget proposal

    HILLSVILLE — Despite continuing trouble in the economy, Carroll’s 2012 budget proposes no real estate increase and a tax break for farmers.
    “We, like all other counties and cities in Virginia, face some tough economic times,” said Financial Director Pam Smith at the outset of the first public presentation of the county budget at the April 11 board of supervisors meeting.

  • Galax making city safer place to walk, bike


  • Hearing set for APCO rates

    The State Corporation Commission will hold a public hearing next month in Abingdon on Appalachian Power Co.’s four recent rate requests and will hold four additional hearings in Richmond later this year.
    APCo earlier this month filed requests that, if approved, would mean its residential electricity customers would see an increase of 9.6 percent in their monthly bills.

  • Fuel-saving myths debunked

    With ongoing increases at the gasoline pump, the cumulative effect of higher fuel prices is causing some drivers to change their habits and to seek ways to save money as they fill up.
    However, cash-strapped and stressed-out motorists should be leery of some fuel conservation and money saving tips that are being offered, advises the American Automobile Association.
    AAA Mid-Atlantic is seeking to debunk the latest myths and urban legends about saving fuel and money at the pump:

  • Bond pleads guilty to meth charges

    ROANOKE — A Twin County man facing illegal drug charges in federal court has entered a guilty plea to one count of distribution of methamphetamine.
    A federal grand jury indicted Elijah Lee Bond, 24, in February on one count of conspiracy to distribute meth and four counts of distribution in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia.

  • Census forces redrawing of Carroll election districts